When surveyed about alternative plans for graduation in April, the vast majority of members of the Hardin County Schools Class of 2020 desired to have a traditional graduation ceremony if possible.

“We know that a high number of these seniors are already serving our country in the military, working or attending school in distant places and may encounter obstacles in getting back to Hardin County in October or November,” Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “It was critically important the Class of 2020 their families heard their name called, walk across the stage and receive that diploma.”

Traditional ceremonies were not possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so each Hardin County Schools high school brought seniors and up to six family members to a stage, had the seniors walk across it in the caps and gowns and receive their diploma.

At that time, the district said, if possible, traditional graduation ceremonies would be held at each school Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 and a second pair of back-up dates were set for Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.

Since large group gatherings still are prohibited, HCS has decided to push ceremonies to the November dates.

Morgan said in a news release that if restrictions aren’t lifted by November, the district will not be able to conduct a traditional ceremonies.

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